Dr. Scott McLeod (Dangerously Irrelevant) was kind enough to take a quote of mine from a comment and make it into the image shown above. The original image works great as a desktop wallpaper, although I’ll admit that it’s too dark.

When I see the quote, I’m reminded about half-measures and how ineffective they are. Earlier this week, I found myself at a campus asking myself, “Here we have a middle school campus with no computer lab, a principal and teachers deeply desirous of doing something with their staff and students…but no tools.” It propelled me to do something that some might consider irrational–to seek permission to grant a computer lab, to invest more in one campus than any others might have done.

Incremental change…it’s all that we see. I still remember Andy Carvin’s interview with Maine governor about incremental change….

Insight number three: I realized that everything we did was incremental. Everything was baby steps. Like giving a teachers a half-percent raise. One year we paved 820 miles of road, compared to 780 miles the previous year, and we treat it like a major accomplishment. We act like these are big deals but they’re just incremental…

“It is only when it is one to one that the power occurs.” But this was 1996 and we didn’t have money to do this. By 2000, our finance people said we’d have a $70 mil surplus in the state budget that no one anticipated. It hadn’t been earmarked for anything. So I put these insights together and said I want to do something that helps people compete, isn’t incremental, and should involve edtech. We could have used the money for anything, but I wanted to do this.
Source: Angus King as quoted by Andy Carvin

I’m tired of incremental change. Like Angus King, I want to do something. I’m tired of schools being provided 3 computers here, 2 computers there, and saying, “Ok, everyone got something.” It’s the idea of Fred Claus, just give every boy a baseball and every girl a hula hoop and they’ll be happy.

Yes, lives of quiet desperation are those who are satisfied with incremental change. Thanks, Scott, for reminding me…big change isn’t incremental. Big change is a leap of faith.

Now is the time, now is our moment…

If educators are to shape the future of education (and not have it shaped for them by external technical developments) it is crucial that we engage with developments in digital technologies at the earliest stages. We need to understand what may be emerging, explore its implications for education, and understand how best we might harness these changes.”
Source: FutureLab as cited in Possibilities Abound


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